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comic-book developmental socio-economics
on 20 February 2009
Oof. I bought this because Paul Krugman - of all people - personally recommended it, and my first reaction was that Paul should be a bit more careful with his endorsements. Charlie Stross does neither psychology like Henry James, nor prose like Elmore Leonard. His prose is so unlike Elmore Lenonard's, in fact, that the first person his heroine, Miriam, brought to mind was Marilee - she of the beauty that defied description - from the Bulwer-Lytton competition.
What really interests Stross is developmental socioeconomics (well, that and ditzy, but razor-sharp, machine-pistol wielding babes in renaissance gowns), and as this side of the story starts to build momentum, helped along by the economics tutorials that punctuate the fire-fights, I actually found myself, having enduring the details of Miriam's hairstyling problems and the occasional bad sex scene, being entertained. Enough so that I have just bought volume 2.
Note to the author - the Rothschild family do not produce Champagne, at least not under the Rothschild name.